Hafiz Ghazals In English

Well Done O Messenger, Bring A Message From My Friend By Hafiz Shirazi

Well Done O Messenger, Bring A Message From My Friend By Hafiz Shirazi

Well done O messenger, bring a message from my friend Willingly I’ll give my own life for the sake of my friend. Like a nightingale in cage, being love-sick is my trend A singing parrot in love with nuts and sweets of my friend. My trap is her hair, her mole is the seed, and I In search of tho...

O Friends, Repented From Drunkenness, Daughter Of Vine By Hafiz Shirazi

O Friends, Repented From Drunkenness, Daughter Of Vine By Hafiz Shirazi

O friends, repented from drunkenness, daughter of vine Began enforcing the law, became a preacher of divine. From beyond entered our midst, let her now rest And protests of others for separation decline. Bring good news O heart, for the musician of love Played in drunkenness, and found a cure for th...

I Won’t Hold His Hands, If They Cut Me With A Sword By Hafiz Shirazi

I Won’t Hold His Hands, If They Cut Me With A Sword By Hafiz Shirazi

I won’t hold his hands, if they cut me with a sword Gladly accept the arrows that towards me have soared. The bows of your brows let their arrows fly Dying in your bosom I can gladly afford. The hardships of life may bring me to my knees The hands of the wine-bearer are the hands of the Lord. ...

Disheveled Hair, Sweaty, Smiling, Drunken, And By Hafiz Shirazi

Disheveled Hair, Sweaty, Smiling, Drunken, And By Hafiz Shirazi

Disheveled hair, sweaty, smiling, drunken, and With a torn shirt, singing, the jug in hand Narcissus loudly laments, on his lips, alas, alas! Last night at midnight, came and sat right by my bed-stand Brought his head next to my ears, with a sad song Said, O my old lover, you are still in dreamland ...

The Bright Moon Reflects Your Radiant Face By Hafiz Shirazi

The Bright Moon Reflects Your Radiant Face By Hafiz Shirazi

The bright moon reflects your radiant face Your snowcapped cheekbones supply water of grace My heavy heart desires an audience with your face Come forward or must return, your command I will embrace. Nobody for good measures girded your fields Such trades no one in their right mind would chase. Our ...

May Your Goodness Always Increase By Hafiz Shirazi

May Your Goodness Always Increase By Hafiz Shirazi

May your goodness always increase And your smiling face never cease In our head the thought of your love Every day is on the increase. Every cedar and every spruce From your height may you hear their pleas The eye not intrigued by thee Its tear drops a bloody disease. Your eye for mesmerizing hearts...

How Beautiful Is Shiraz’s Unparalleled State By Hafiz Shirazi

How Beautiful Is Shiraz’s Unparalleled State By Hafiz Shirazi

How beautiful is Shiraz’s unparalleled state God save it from harm and the hands of fate. May God keep its flowing Roknabad river Its waters with freshness, always equate. Between Jafarabad and Mossalla gardens Northern breeze’s scent, forever accelerate . In Shiraz the bounty of heavenl...

Whoever Was Intimate With His Heart, His Love Defined By Hafiz Shirazi

Whoever Was Intimate With His Heart, His Love Defined By Hafiz Shirazi

Whoever was intimate with his heart, his love defined And he who was not, in his doubt was left behind. If my heart went through the veil, then fault me not I thank God that it did not remain within the veil of mind. The Sufis took back their gown from the wine It was our gown, forever to the tavern...

On The Pulpit, Preachers, Goodness Display By Hafiz Shirazi

On The Pulpit, Preachers, Goodness Display By Hafiz Shirazi

On the pulpit, preachers, goodness display Yet in private, they have a different way. I have a question to ask of the learned in our midst Why Confession-Priests, their own repentance delay. Perhaps they don’t believe in Judgement Day They deceive, and to appease God, they pray. May these New ...

In The Spring, Open Your Heart To Joyous Infusions By Hafiz Shirazi

In The Spring, Open Your Heart To Joyous Infusions By Hafiz Shirazi

In the spring, open your heart to joyous infusions Like flowers open up, or stay in muddy collusions. I cannot tell you to befriend this, or drink that Wit and wisdom display your own solutions. Strings of the harp sing out the same advice When worthy, you will reach your conclusions. Each blade of ...

For Years, To The Red Wine, My Heart Was Bound By Hafiz Shirazi

For Years, To The Red Wine, My Heart Was Bound By Hafiz Shirazi

For years, to the red wine, my heart was bound The Tavern became alive with my prayer and my sound. See the Old Magi’s goodness, with us, the drunks, Saw whatever we did, in everyone beauty had found. Wash away all our knowledge with red wine, Firmaments, themselves, the knowing minds hound. S...

Those Who Turn Lead Into Gold By Hafiz Shirazi

Those Who Turn Lead Into Gold By Hafiz Shirazi

Those who turn lead into gold Will they ever our sight behold? I hide my ills from false physicians May my cure come from the invisible fold. When beloved reveals a glimpse Many tales by many are told. Salvation is not in piety, The deed for its own sake should unfold. Be fair with my increasing lov...

O Heart, The Pain Of Love Burned Once Again By Hafiz Shirazi

O Heart, The Pain Of Love Burned Once Again By Hafiz Shirazi

O heart, the pain of love burned once again Beloved departed and drove the lover insane. O flowers, you played your magic tricks Alas that the drunk the sober shall reign. My tears were my friends, since Beloved stayed away My unkind fate from helping would refrain. At dawn Beloved’s houseR...

I See No Friends Around By Hafiz Shirazi

I See No Friends Around By Hafiz Shirazi

I see no friends around I see no friends around, whatever happened to every friend? I see no-one I love, when did come to an end? Water of life has turned dark, where is glorious Elias? Flowers are all bleeding, whence the breeze which branches bend? Nobody says that a friend has got the right to be...

Dervish Laid A Trap With Slight Of Hands And Trick Of The Eyes By Hafiz Shirazi

Dervish Laid A Trap With Slight Of Hands And Trick Of The Eyes By Hafiz Shirazi

Dervish laid a trap with slight of hands and trick of the eyes With the help of this trickster merry-go-round mystifies. Tricks of his fate will keep the rabbit in his hat How can you trick those whom to secrets are wise? Come hither wine-bearer, the Sufi’s beautiful lover Came with full grace...

You, Who Are So Proud Of Your Name By Hafiz Shirazi

You, Who Are So Proud Of Your Name By Hafiz Shirazi

You, who are so proud of your name If you are not in love, then shame! Befriend not lovers, who are insane, If sane sobriety is your fame. Your head is sober from the wine of Love Drinking grape juice is your game. Melancholic face and painful cries, Make lovers’ pain, somewhat tame. Hafiz, le...

That Beautiful Shirazi Turk, Took Control And My Heart Stole, By Hafiz Shirazi

That Beautiful Shirazi Turk, Took Control And My Heart Stole, By Hafiz Shirazi

That beautiful Shirazi Turk, took control and my heart stole, I’ll give Samarkand & Bukhara, for her Hindu beauty mole. O wine-bearer bring me wine, such wine not found in Heavens By running brooks, in flowery fields, spend your days and stroll. Alas, these sweet gypsy clowns, these agita...

Lit Up By The Light Of Your Face, There Is No Soul That Is Not By Hafiz Shirazi

Lit Up By The Light Of Your Face, There Is No Soul That Is Not By Hafiz Shirazi

Lit up by the light of your face, there is no soul that is not Longing for the dust of your place, there is no eye that is not. Those who have seen your face, are all-knowing and wise Secrets of your beauty and grace, there is no head where is not. No wonder if my telling tears, red and bloody, rise...

I Have Made A Sacred Oath By Hafiz Shirazi

I Have Made A Sacred Oath By Hafiz Shirazi

I have made a sacred oath For as long as I have a soul His supporters and I both As my own soul, I extol The joy of peace of the mind In that radiant flower find Light of eyes and heart combined The moon, so radiant and whole Tending to desires of the heart Privately I make a start Let the liar̵...

When The Golden Orb Ascends From The East Of The Cup By Hafiz Shirazi

When The Golden Orb Ascends From The East Of The Cup By Hafiz Shirazi

When the golden orb ascends from the east of the cup A thousand tulips upon the beloved’s cheeks open up The morning breeze breaks upon the head of the bouquet The bouquet of the bouquet will flow amidst the grass and crop. The story of the night of separation is not that story Of which a smal...

Officers Of King Of The Flowers The Grass Adorn By Hafiz Shirazi

Officers Of King Of The Flowers The Grass Adorn By Hafiz Shirazi

Officers of King of the flowers the grass adorn The meadows welcome O God, the newly born. What a pleasant gathering was this royal feast Each one is seated upon his own throne. Let your Seal, seal the fate of the Royal Seal With your name, Satan’s hands are cut and torn. This house is eternal...

In The Morning Breeze, Your Scent, Whoever Inhaled By Hafiz Shirazi

In The Morning Breeze, Your Scent, Whoever Inhaled By Hafiz Shirazi

In the morning breeze, your scent, whoever inhaled A close friend these familiar words, in his ear hailed; O King of Goodness, glance at this beggar’s state Of beggars and kings this ear heard many tales, quite detailed. With this aromatic wine, I satisfy my soul’s appetite I’ve seen robe wearing pr...

For Years My Heart Was In Search Of The Grail By Hafiz Shirazi

For Years My Heart Was In Search Of The Grail By Hafiz Shirazi

For years my heart was in search of the Grail What was inside me, it searched for, on the trail That pearl that transcends time and place Sought of divers whom oceans sail My quest to the Magi my path trace One glance solved the riddles that I Braille Found him wine in hand and happy face In the mir...

Those Who Are Tired May Seek Your Aid By Hafiz Shirazi

Those Who Are Tired May Seek Your Aid By Hafiz Shirazi

Those who are tired may seek your aid It is unfair if your aid is stayed. You never mistreated us. It’s not your way. Any such mischief, you would degrade. Unfortunate the eyes that can’t shed tears of love, Unhappy the hearts that candle of love barricade. With the auspicious fly towards the light,...

O Bird Of Paradise, Your Secrets Disclose By Hafiz Shirazi

O Bird Of Paradise, Your Secrets Disclose By Hafiz Shirazi

O bird of Paradise, your secrets disclose Cease not the sweetness your tongue outward throws. May you remain vital, your heart content From the Great Artisan, the beauty you chose. You spoke in riddles with all thy foes Unveiling of the secrets, God only knows. From the rosy cup splash and bring me ...

If From This Ruined House, Homeward Bound By Hafiz Shirazi

If From This Ruined House, Homeward Bound By Hafiz Shirazi

If from this ruined house, homeward bound And if I arrive there sane and sound And from this journey, safely return I promise to enter the first tavern on my round. I will tell on this path what I found To the temple I’ll dance, cup in hand, to harp’s sound. If those upon the path speak of their hea...

At The Gates Of The Tavern I Saw The Angels Knock By Hafiz Shirazi

At The Gates Of The Tavern I Saw The Angels Knock By Hafiz Shirazi

At the gates of the tavern I saw the angels knock Kneaded this clay we call human, and made it talk. The residents of the Celestial Court and the heavenly bloc Drank from the Wine of Love, with me, upon our common walk. The earth and the skies could not keep this trust of the clock Yet the poor insa...

You See My State, And Still Increase My Pain By Hafiz Shirazi

You See My State, And Still Increase My Pain By Hafiz Shirazi

You see my state, and still increase my pain I see your face, the need for union regain. For my welfare, you have no care, I complain Why do you heal me not from the sickness I disdain? You bring me down and leave me on the earthly plane; Return me to my home, by your side let me remain. Only when I...

Suddenly You Rent The Veil By Hafiz Shirazi

Suddenly You Rent The Veil By Hafiz Shirazi

Suddenly you rent the veil Suddenly you rent the veil, what does it mean? Left home, drunk with ale, what does it mean? Locks in hand, the morning breeze, rivals obey Serving all others to such detail, what does it mean? King of the Good, mendicants to you pray, Made your throne into a jail, what do...

Like Her Hair, In My Affairs There Is A Knot By Hafiz Shirazi

Like Her Hair, In My Affairs There Is A Knot By Hafiz Shirazi

Like her hair, in my affairs there is a knot Like my eyes, her grace will open my lot. My redness is not from joy of the wine Like a cup, my cheeks my bleeding heart blot. The musicians, all play and sing in tune If my song is out of tune, I lose my spot. I am the night watchman of heart every night...

He, Who Always Keeps His Trust In The One By Hafiz Shirazi

He, Who Always Keeps His Trust In The One By Hafiz Shirazi

He, who always keeps his trust in the One The One keeps all evils from him apart and gone. I will not tell the tale of a friend, save to a friend For it is a friend who keeps a friend’s word anon. O heart make your living so that if you slip The Angels will hold your upraised hands to the sun. And i...

When Sweethearts With Such Charm Lovers Cajole, By Hafiz Shirazi

When Sweethearts With Such Charm Lovers Cajole, By Hafiz Shirazi

When sweethearts with such charm lovers cajole, In believers’ faith they will poke a hole. Wherever a flower begins to bloom, Eyeballs inside the head begin to roll. O handsome and young man of tall stature Play the ball before you are a bat or pole. The lovers choose and act without control, You th...

Once Again, If I Find My Way To The Tavern Of The Magi By Hafiz Shirazi

Once Again, If I Find My Way To The Tavern Of The Magi By Hafiz Shirazi

Once again, if I find my way to the tavern of the Magi The goodness of robe and rug I’ll gladly myself deny. Like the pious, if today I put this wine behind The keeper of the tavern will keep my cup far and dry. And if moth-like, I spread my wings with ease Into the heart of the flame, I’ll gladly f...

In The Secret House Of Joy I Idolize My Desire By Hafiz Shirazi

In The Secret House Of Joy I Idolize My Desire By Hafiz Shirazi

In the secret house of joy I idolize my desire From your hair and face, my feet are on fire. I am a dervish, a lover, I drink & sing out aloud Angelic Beauty, my name and fame inspire. If for this you throw me out on the street With the sigh of morning breeze I rise higher. With a glimpse at Be...

For Years I Followed The Drunken Trail By Hafiz Shirazi

For Years I Followed The Drunken Trail By Hafiz Shirazi

For years I followed the drunken trail Until my wisdom put greed in jail. From my ashes, like Phoenix I rose With Solomon’s bird ended this tale. Aid my wounded heart, infinite treasure It is in your love, destitute, I wail. Made a vow, never to kiss the cup again; Fool’s advice has no option but to...

The Radiance Of Your Goodness Manifested In Eternity By Hafiz Shirazi

The Radiance Of Your Goodness Manifested In Eternity By Hafiz Shirazi

The radiance of your goodness manifested in eternity Love appeared and set fire to the mountain, earth and sea Your face radiated, and still saw angels were loveless Setting this fire on man, was then your zealous decree Mind wanted to turn this fire to its own guiding light You set the world in cha...

O Beautiful Wine-Bearer, Bring Forth The Cup And Put It To My Lips By Hafiz Shirazi

O Beautiful Wine-Bearer, Bring Forth The Cup And Put It To My Lips By Hafiz Shirazi

O beautiful wine-bearer, bring forth the cup and put it to my lips Path of love seemed easy at first, what came was many hardships. With its perfume, the morning breeze unlocks those beautiful locks The curl of those dark ringlets, many hearts to shreds strips. In the house of my Beloved, how can I ...

I Said I Long For Thee By Hafiz Shirazi

I Said I Long For Thee By Hafiz Shirazi

I said I long for thee You said your sorrows will end. Be my moon, rise up for me Only if it will ascend. I said, from lovers learn How with compassion burn Beauties, you said in return Such common tricks transcend. Your visions, I will oppose My mind’s paths, I will close You said, this night...

At The Break Of Dawn From Sorrows I Was Saved By Hafiz Shirazi

At The Break Of Dawn From Sorrows I Was Saved By Hafiz Shirazi

At the break of dawn from sorrows I was saved In the dark night of the Soul, drank the elixir I craved. Ecstatic, my soul was radiant, bright, Sanctified cup of my life, drunk I behaved. O, what exalted sunrise, what glorious night That holy night, to the New Life was enslaved. From now on, in the m...

With Your Long Curled Eyelashes By Hafiz Shirazi

With Your Long Curled Eyelashes By Hafiz Shirazi

With your long curled eyelashes You brought me a thousand doubts When your sleepy eye flashes A thousand pains in me come out. O thou, companion of my heart Memories of friends my mind depart There is not a day that from the start Your memory I do not tout. The world is baseless and old Lovers shout...

Tell Me Of My Friend, My Messenger Of The Right By Hafiz Shirazi

Tell Me Of My Friend, My Messenger Of The Right By Hafiz Shirazi

Tell me of my friend, my messenger of the Right Tell the nightingale of the flower’s condition & plight. In the gathering of lovers, we are trusted, fear not With trusted friends, speak of friendship’s delight. My head was agitated such with her fragrant hair For God’s sake, w...

Let Not The Pious Judge The Meek; By Hafiz Shirazi

Let Not The Pious Judge The Meek; By Hafiz Shirazi

Let not the pious judge the meek; Each for his own deeds will speak. Whether I’m good or bad, you judge yourself; You reap what you sow, find what you seek. Everyone is seeking love, sober or drunk; Everywhere a house of love, yet so unique. I submit my head on the tavern’s bricks, If you don’t unde...

Hardships And Sorrows, For Sometime Are Mine By Hafiz Shirazi

Hardships And Sorrows, For Sometime Are Mine By Hafiz Shirazi

Hardships and sorrows, for sometime are mine There is no cure, other than red wine. Service of the Old Magi I won’t leave, My own benefit, in this I define. With light of the jug, ascend joyous heights Fate and time may have another design. Sign of godliness, is only Love Amidst the pious, I s...

When Sorrows Upon Seekers’ Hearts Settle, Will Not Rattle By Hafiz Shirazi

When Sorrows Upon Seekers’ Hearts Settle, Will Not Rattle By Hafiz Shirazi

When sorrows upon seekers’ hearts settle, will not rattle When beauty with comfort starts battle, will unsettle. When to fate they submit their mind, themselves will bind Finally, when Beloved’s beautiful curls find, put egos behind. If they come to us a moment, and sit near, disappear Y...

Of Her Black Hair I Complain, O Ask Me Not By Hafiz Shirazi

Of Her Black Hair I Complain, O Ask Me Not By Hafiz Shirazi

Of her black hair I complain, O ask me not Cause of her, lost I remain, O ask me not. In the hope of loyalty, nobody leaves his heart & faith I repent, my deeds disdain, O ask me not. A sip of wine never cause misdeed or grief Ignorant put me through so much pain, O ask me not. O pious one, pas...

In The Morn From The Privacy Of The Palace Of Creation By Hafiz Shirazi

In The Morn From The Privacy Of The Palace Of Creation By Hafiz Shirazi

In the morn from the privacy of the Palace of Creation The Eastern Candle emanates in every direction; Produces a clear mirror from the horizon’s pocket In a thousand ways showing the world its own reflection. In the corners of the grand cosmic music hall The organ plays a tune, and Venus listens wi...

For A Long Time, Has Left Me With Concerns By Hafiz Shirazi

For A Long Time, Has Left Me With Concerns By Hafiz Shirazi

For a long time, has left me with concerns Embraces strangers, yet lovers he spurns. Not even upon my state had a glance In this way, praise of the wise ones he earns. Better to keep his arm in his sleeve Hearts of the gifted artists, his hand churns. Neither rose nor nightingale are spared the pain...

The Messenger Who Arrived From The Land Of My Friend By Hafiz Shirazi

The Messenger Who Arrived From The Land Of My Friend By Hafiz Shirazi

The messenger who arrived from the land of my friend Brought a charm, fragrant, and in the hand of my friend. Wonderfully displayed her beauty and her glory With the tales of noble and regal stand of my friend. My heart took in the good news, though coy and shy My heart readily will serve every comm...

Not Every Painted Face Has Charm By Hafiz Shirazi

Not Every Painted Face Has Charm By Hafiz Shirazi

Not every painted face has charm Not every mirror maker, Alexander can disarm Not everyone upon a throne who puts on a crown Knows the ways of ruling over farm and town. Like beggars serve not for the alms Master keeps his servants in good form. I submit to the will of the weal maker, Alchemist begg...

I Long To Open Up My Heart By Hafiz Shirazi

I Long To Open Up My Heart By Hafiz Shirazi

I long to open up my heart For my heart do my part. My story was yesterday’s news From rivals cannot keep apart. On this holy night stay with me Till the morning, do not depart. On a night so dark as this, My course, how can I chart? O breath of life, help me tonight That in the morn I make a start....

At Dawn, To The Garden, To Inhale The Perfume Of The Rose By Hafiz Shirazi

At Dawn, To The Garden, To Inhale The Perfume Of The Rose By Hafiz Shirazi

At dawn, to the garden, to inhale the perfume of the rose Like the nightingale loudly exhale the cure of my head and nose. I was watching the beautiful unfolding of the rose Like a light, the secrets of the night disclose. Proudly its own youth and beauty would transpose Its songs, the nightingale t...

With Clear Wine, A Wise One Washed His Behind By Hafiz Shirazi

With Clear Wine, A Wise One Washed His Behind By Hafiz Shirazi

With clear wine, a wise one washed his behind Early morning in tavern, who had homage on his mind. When the golden cup of sun, descended from the skies Curve of the new moon, of the curved cup would remind. Happy is the one whose prayers and needs stem from his pain With tears of his eyes and blood ...

Than Eternal Life, Union Is Better By Hafiz Shirazi

Than Eternal Life, Union Is Better By Hafiz Shirazi

Than eternal life, union is better O God, give me that, which is better. Cut me with a sword, and I said no word, From foe keeping friend’s secret is better. In this path to die enslaved to the Lord Than all the world, that Soul is better. Ask healer of my painful discord Will this invalid eve...

Let Not The Pious Judge The Meek By Hafiz Shirazi

Let Not The Pious Judge The Meek By Hafiz Shirazi

Let not the pious judge the meek Each for his own deeds will speak. Whether I’m good or bad, you judge yourself; You reap what you sow, find what you seek. Everyone is seeking love, sober or drunk; Everywhere a house of love, yet so unique. I submit my head on the tavern’s bricks, If you don’t under...

Happy Days Were When Your Hand Was By My Side, By Hafiz Shirazi

Happy Days Were When Your Hand Was By My Side, By Hafiz Shirazi

Happy days were when your hand was by my side, Signs of your love, my features beautified. Happy days were when your words crucified, Then my soul resurrected, upward glide. Happy days were when the wine, we glorified, God was with me while by my side was my bride. Happy days were when your candle w...

When God Designed Your Features And Joined Your Brows By Hafiz Shirazi

When God Designed Your Features And Joined Your Brows By Hafiz Shirazi

When God designed your features and joined your brows Paved my way, then trapped me with your gestures & bows The spruce and I, both rooted to the ground Fate, like a fine cloth belt, its bind endows. United the knots of my doing and of the budding heart The fragrant breeze, when to you it made...

O Wine-Bearer Brighten My Cup With The Wine By Hafiz Shirazi

O Wine-Bearer Brighten My Cup With The Wine By Hafiz Shirazi

O wine-bearer brighten my cup with the wine O minstrel say good fortune is now mine. The face of my Beloved is reflected in my cup Little you know why with wine, I always myself align. Eternal is the one whose heart has awakened to Love This is how Eternal Records my life define. So proud are the ta...

In The Land Of The Magi, None Like Me, Can Be Lost By Hafiz Shirazi

In The Land Of The Magi, None Like Me, Can Be Lost By Hafiz Shirazi

In the land of the Magi, none like me, can be lost Pawned my gown in a place, in another, my books, I must. My heart, mirror of the King, is all covered with dust, I pray for a clear word, light up the path that I must. I repent, no more wine, from the beautiful seller; Drinking wine, without that f...

Falsely Pious, Of Our State Are Unaware By Hafiz Shirazi

Falsely Pious, Of Our State Are Unaware By Hafiz Shirazi

Falsely pious, of our state are unaware No offence if their words our hearts tear. On the path, whatever you meet is for your good On the straight and the narrow, can’t be lost there. Whatever the rook may play, we’ll knock it down On the chessboard of lovers, Kings won’t dare. Wha...

The Patient Nightingale On A Branch Atop The Tree By Hafiz Shirazi

The Patient Nightingale On A Branch Atop The Tree By Hafiz Shirazi

The patient nightingale on a branch atop the tree For the well being of the rose made its plea. Praise your goodness O rose, and your beauty, Let not your pride make the nightingale flee. I complain not of being apart from thee, In hope of union, I’ll be apart for eternity. Others delight in pleasur...